A seat in the bleachers.

I stood under a tree watching them, one child at a time, step up to home plate, kick a red, now orange-stained, ball into the short dry grasses. Excitedly, they would run around the bases as their classmates would run after the ball. It occurred to me in this moment these children could have been a number of places on this Saturday in late May. Whether they be tending their family’s field or livestock, gathering fire wood, carrying water along thin footpaths through tall grasses, or catching up on their studies, many of these children would not have found themselves enjoying a game of kickball at a Rejoice Project Camp. I was completely taken back by the joy evident on each of their faces, the energy in which their teammates cheered them on, and the profoundness of what I was witnessing. These were children fully embracing joy in Christ.  

Today, I witnessed 20-odd college students from the US encourage a group of 10 Rejoice team members and 10 Rejoice team members empower 150+ children to be the unique sons and daughters they are in Christ. It’s a powerful thing to see such a united force for Christ in such an unsuspecting place as a rural, African school. But, it’s in places like these that children of the Kingdom are being ushered to their home in Christ - to the God who sings praises over them.

 

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all of your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17.

 

I’m reassured by this verse that the good work that God is doing in the lives of all those involved within Choose to Invest, the African leaders, our interns, and those on our team, has yet to be completed and is, everyday, being brought closer to its most, glorious climax. As we near the day when all things will give way to authority of Christ, I am confident that we, in stride together, are joining a host of angels and brothers and sisters in one chorus of praise to Jesus. I feel the fullness of God here. His full glory is radiating in the rural, African schools, filling their classrooms. His full power, expressed in love, is surging into the lives of college students. I can only thank God for the blessing of having a seat in the bleachers.

 

Thank you Lord that I can be a spectator of this symphony. You are worthy and deserving of more than we can offer, but here we are bringing our all and trusting in your grace to lead us all home.